• Spy Shots: An Early Look at the Mercedes-AMG E53e

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Mercedes-Benz is not ready to give up its AMG V-8 engine just yet, so in order to meet the new emission standard, it will go with hybridization for a while. Its solution for the moment will be to assist the gasoline engine with a torquey electric motor that will help not only improve the vehicle’s performance but also improve fuel economy. Of course, the AMG version of the next generation E-Class will be no exception. Known as the AMG E53e, the hybrid sedan was first caught during cold winter conditions of the Arctic Circle and now it is back for a new round of testing on German roads.

What will distinguish the Mercedes-AMG E53e?

Spy Shots: An Early Look at the Mercedes-AMG E53e Exterior Spyshots
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So, how do we know this is no ordinary E-Class? Well, the answer, in this case, is very simple: the prototype caught testing features four round exhaust pipes and a charging port on the left rear fender. Just for the sake of comparison, prototypes of the SL53e have a charging port on the rear bumper. As for the rest of the body, despite the heavy camouflage, we can spot a familiar silhouette, and it is clear that the design will be an evolution of the current generation rather than a revolution. The prototype also features the traditional Panamericana grille and bigger air intakes in the front bumper. The wheels hide bigger brakes, and the suspension seems to have been lowered a little.

What will power the Mercedes-AMG E53e?

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While the design of the next E53e is not such a big mystery, its powertrain raises big questions at this point. The first rumors suggest it will be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine combined with EQ Boost mild-hybrid technology. This will be the same engine set to be used in the future C63 where it is rumored to deliver 643 horsepower. The next option will be the same 4.0-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 engine found in the new generation SL, but combined with hybrid technology. In the SL53, it delivers 469 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, while in the SL63, the final output goes up to 577 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque.

When will the next Mercedes-AMG E53e arrive?

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The new Mercedes AMG E53e Hybrid is expected to debut in 2023, with sales to begin shortly after. It will be followed by the E63e which is rumored to arrive a few months after it.

Source: CarPix

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